Make sure to puppy proof your home. Just like you'd baby proof your home, you will need to do the same for your new pup. Here are a few tips on puppy proofing your home:
New Puppy Supplies. You'll need a few items before you bring your puppy into your home. Some of those items are:
1 Water, food bowls, and puppy food. We recommend you use puppy food instead of regular dog food.
2 A leash, collar, and dog tag. We recommend getting your new dog used to wearing a collar and tags at all times, especially while young. A leash can be helpful at a young age as well.
3 A bed: buy a bed that is comfortable for a new puppy and one that is easy to clean. Your new dog will have accidents and make occasional messes.
4 Toys: buy a small handful of toys so your puppy isn't bored while you're around. Young puppies need a lot of stimulation, and you want to promote good habits at a young age.
5 A crate: you may want to buy a crate if you plan on crate training your dog. Many people prefer to create trains. Make sure to buy your new puppy a crate that he can stand up, turn around, and lay down in.
6 Puppy pads. You may want to invest in a couple of puppy pads to protect your floors while your new puppy is being potty trained.
7 Look for potential hazards such as exposed electrical cords, cleaning supplies, automobile coolant, and small objects that your new puppy may be tempted to chew on.
8 Your puppy will want to chew. Make sure to give him several chew toys, and keep any small object you don't want him to chew on off the ground
9 Make sure your cabinet doors are shut and secure and move anything poisonous to a high shelf.
10 We recommend using baby gates to block off any steps or ledges until your puppy is big enough to navigate them on his or her own.
11 Remove any poisonous plants from your home. If you're unsure, check with a local florist. Puppies are curious and may knaw on real (and fake) plants.